SWatch the sunset on the New York skyline or sit on the balcony while Summertime Sadness by Lana Del Rey plays lightly in the background.Here are just a few of the TikTok trends that see young people displaying different situations and imagining how. Are you the protagonist? The “main characters” in their lives in fictional form ̵1; usually based on cliché in movies.
With hashtag views #maincharacter Of more than 5.2 billion apps, psychologists say the trend has been driven because of the blocking and the feeling of isolation that comes with it, creating a gap when it comes to social connections.
Social media users are also now claiming to have been abused by what they call “main character syndrome” (not the official medical term), with symptoms showing that every action of the person “fits” well. Storytelling ”as if writing a script
For Eddie Brummelman, an assistant professor at the University of Amsterdam specializing in child development, the latest prominence in the main character trend is a natural consequence of the past year. Think lonely and helpless, especially young people, because they have been taken away from many important parts of their lives, especially the social part, ”he said.
“Creating a story around you can be a way to fill in that gap or eliminate that feeling of loneliness. Imagine yourself as the protagonist not only But it makes you feel the representation that has been taken away from the epidemic. It also gives the impression that other people are watching you or are interested in what happened to your story. ”
Olivia Yallop, author of Break the Internet and director of youth-focused marketing agency Digital Fairy, said the trend is “a way to reposition and re-adjust your personality to feel empowered. More and become the center of your own story ”.
She said: “Being a protagonist speaks volumes about the way young people tell their own stories, especially given the tools available to them: the front camera.
She added that the connection to the main character’s concept is “vigilance of myself all the time – ‘everyone is always looking at me and I am always looking at me at myself.’ It can live without an audience. ”Yallop, who observes the social trend as part of her work, doesn’t believe the moment when this trend is happening is a coincidence. When many people are lonely and need social connection, she said.
The idea of young people who feels like they are acting or creating a narrative about their lives in front of an audience is not a new idea or one that is inextricably linked with social media. David Elkind, a child psychologist, co-co-ordinates the term. The word It was a “imaginary viewer” in the 1960s where he once argued that teenagers exposed to the idea felt as though their actions were the main focus of other people’s interests.
Viewing yourself as the main character at first glance can be viewed as the work of unhealthy individualism. But some argue it’s helpful, says Michael Karson, a psychology professor at the University of Denver. It’s good to see yourself as the main character in your life because it can result in “a tendency to put energy into the process. Actions that may make your life go well. “
“While if you consider yourself insignificant, even in your own life, you are more likely to take a passive approach in what you can to make things better,” he said, but the focus of this perspective. Karson is the goal of being “the main character in your own life. But not the main character in other people’s lives. ”“ Another violence is when you think you’re the only one that matters, ”Karson says.
Although the trend has become popular recently, Yallop said she was careful to say that. The #maincharacter is so new. “It’s an evolution of the previous Internet self-confidence repetition through digital documentation,” she says. Own: It became a viral, then a meme, then restored from that meme. I am confident that confidence will evolve quickly to something else. “